10 Ways To Increase Your Green in 2015
Here at Cadet we're constantly looking at how we can be more efficient and environmentally friendly. Our Green Team leads the charge and wanted to offer these tips to have a green 2015:
- Skip the bottled water. It's expensive, most containers never get recycled and it takes more water to make a container than to fill it. Plus, think about all the energy used to transport the bottle between the factory and your home.
- Recycle/Upcycle/Freecycle. You get the drift. Buy used instead of new, and repurpose or share any unwanted items. When all else fails, recycle or find a new way to use something instead of sending it to a landfill.
- Plant a tree. Trees provide shade, recycle water, filter air pollution, beautify the landscape and provide animal habitat. Do I need to say anything else?
- Switch to LED lighting. LEDs are long-lasting, durable, and energy efficient. Total cost for 50,000 hours (typical life of a LED) is $90, versus $476 for incandescents and $126 for CFLs.
- Stop using plastic shopping bags. There is no cost-efficient way to recycle them, so bags taken back to the store may still wind up in the landfill or floating in the middle of the ocean.
- Compost. Composting keeps food and plant material from the landfill and creates a natural fertilizer.
- Buy local. Keep your cash in the local economy and reduce the distance from farm to fork. Your produce will be fresher and taste better.
- Grow your own produce. Just think… fresh, natural produce could be a few steps away. Even apartment dwellers can grow in deck pots. Plus you know exactly what goes into the food you eat.
- Make your own cleaning supplies. If you have vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, and Borox, you can make your own cleaning supplies.
- Use a programmable thermostat. Save energy by using preset temperatures - lower when you are away from home or sleeping, warmer just before you return home or get up. Set your thermostat a few degrees cooler in the winter and a few degrees warmer in the summer to improve your energy savings even more.
All of these options require little effort or investment, and can make a huge impact on our planet. We encourage our employees to make it a goal to increase their green practices in 2015, and save some green cash while doing it.